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The Death and Life of Great American Cities
- By: Jane Jacobs, Jason Epstein (introduction)
- Narrated by: Donna Rawlins
- Length: 18 hrs
Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments."
Fantastic text, dull on audio
- By Meghan on 02-13-15
Jane Jacobs could write.
she was extremely articulate, better than even design professipnals. thus why her opinions on city planning so impactful. She does her research and through her observations make good points. calling out everyone, does not include racism in her story. sometimes her writting is a little bit on the rambling road.